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Fall From Height Claims
Employers have a duty to protect you from falls from height
Falls from height can be life-changing – in some cases, they can even be fatal. Nobody deserves to suffer from an injury while at work, but if your fall happened because your employer failed to follow health and safety rules, then it can be particularly difficult to come to terms with.
All employers have a duty of care to keep their employees safe, and this includes protecting you from falls from height. As part of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, your employer has to make sure you’re properly trained and have the right equipment to carry out your job role.
Precautions they should take to keep you safe include:
— Carrying out risk assessments, to make sure work processes are as safe as possible
— Training staff properly, to reduce the risk of a fall happening
— Making sure supervision is provided if necessary
— Giving you safety equipment (such as safety harnesses), and making sure these are properly maintained
If your employer has failed to uphold their duty of care to you and you’ve fallen from height as a result, then we may be able to help you make a compensation claim.
You might be feeling unsure whether this applies to you – but you can reach us to find out whether you could claim on 0800 234 6438 for free. We’ll never pressure you into starting a claim and will be happy to answer your questions.
How to start a fall from height claim
In some cases, it might not be clear to you straight away whether somebody else was at fault for your injury. To be able to make a claim, your accident has to be somebody else’s fault – but it can sometimes be difficult for you to tell.
Finding out is simple – you can reach us for free on 0800 234 6438, and our expert advisors will let you know. They’ll ask some questions about your fall so they can get a clearer picture of what happened and, if you decide you’d like to go ahead, they can pass you on to a specialist work accident solicitor.
Your solicitor will also talk to you for free. They’ll check you’re happy to go ahead with your claim before getting in touch with the negligent party to let them know of your intention to make a case. Your solicitor will negotiate on your behalf and will aim to cover all the costs and impact of your injury in the compensation you receive.
Causes of falls from height
Falls from height can happen in many different types of job role, but some industries hold higher risk than others. Generally, the further you are from the ground, the greater the chance of you suffering from a severe injury.
We’ve listed some examples of the types of industries which are at particularly high risk:
- Warehouse workers – especially when climbing ladders or using cherry pickers to reach stock on high shelves
- Construction workers who use scaffolding, cranes, ladders and may need to spend time on the roof of buildings
- Engineers and architects, particularly while on-site
No matter what your job role, if you’ve suffered an injury due to a fall from height because health and safety regulations haven’t been followed, then it’s likely we’ll be able to help you make a claim.
Unfortunately, falls from height can sometimes cause serious injuries which have a long-lasting impact on your life.
As well as the physical pain of suffering from a severe injury and the effects it can have on your day-to-day activities, it’s also likely to have had financial consequences for you and your family.
You may have had to take time off work or find a new job altogether, and this might mean you’ve received a lower income. You might also have needed to pay for private treatment or physiotherapy to help with your recovery – and this can all add up to put you under financial pressure.
When working out your compensation, your solicitor will take into consideration:
- Any costs caused by your injury – including prescription costs, rehabilitation, treatment, and your ongoing needs
- The impact it’s had on your social life, hobbies and family
- Your physical pain and suffering, and how your injury is likely to affect you in the future
Although compensation can’t take away what you’ve been through, it can help you get the support you need after an injury caused by a fall from height.
For answers to your questions, or to find out whether you might be able to make a claim, you can get in touch with us for free on 0800 234 6438. Or, if you’d prefer, you can fill in one of our contact forms and we’ll get back to you.